Eating out the Healthy Way

Share. Share an entrée or a dessert.

Hold the mayo.  Ask for spreads, sauces and dressings on the side so you can control the amount.

Go lean.  Choose poultry to be prepared the following ways: steamed; poached; roasted; broiled; boiled; grilled; or baked.

Modify the menu. Ask for fried entrees and sides to be boiled, broiled or roasted.

Beware the buzz words: Cream sauces, butter, oil, au gratin, breaded, Alfredo, battered or batter-dipped all mean lots of calories.

On the side.  Dressing, sauces, sour cream, butter—ordering them on the side lets you decide how much to have.

Wrap it up--I'll take it! Keep temptation at bay by asking the server to wrap up half your meal to take home before you start eating.
Take out the take out.  When you get home, decide how much of the take out food you want to eat and put the rest in the refrigerator for a meal the next day. Otherwise it’s easy to eat until it’s gone. This may leave you stuffed, uncomfortable and regretful.

Mini meals. Eat smaller meals during the day. If dining out tonight, just be sure you don't eat too sparingly because if you could be so famished by dinnertime, you may end up overeating.  Have a snack in the afternoon to quell hunger.

Look before you eat.
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